--- In qalam@yahoogroups.com, "Nicholas Bodley" <nbodley@...> wrote:

> I can remember being taught an excessively-fussy script in school;
>one of its most-easily-described features was a cap. Q that looked
>very much like a large numeral 2.

I seldom use cursive anymore because of its illegibility but, when I
make a cursive Q, I still use the "2" form.

I am told that the "2-dot" umlaut derives from the cursive lower case
e written above the umlauted letter. The two downward strokes
eventually became the 2 dots.